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2017 Annual General Meeting


The key themes of the President’s speech were the successful completion of the merger of the NAJ and BJA to form the NAJ, the acquisition of a London office and the unprecedented performance of the investment portfolio.

On the merger Michael Sweeney said ‘I am confident we can all look forward to a bright future for the newly merged associations’

On describing the new London office, located in Hatton Garden opposite the Goldsmiths Centre, he said it would, ‘ provide not only a home for the NAJ but also a useful meeting place in central London for the use of all the associations.’

He also reported that the first strategy day attended by the Association Chairmen, Chief Executives and Board members was held and ‘a great number of useful ideas and new initiatives were discussed.’

He announced that Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint and current Deputy Co-Chairman of The National Association of Jewellers has been elected Vice President of the BATF.

Michael Sweeney thanked Keith Tucker for his valuable contributions to the Board on behalf of the SEA. Keith has reluctantly resigned due to the demands of his business.

Sangat Chandhok has retired after 9 years representing the JDA as BATF director. Michael Sweeney expressed this thanks to Sangat for his long and valuable service on the Board.

The President thanked all the Federation staff for the hard work they put in behind the scenes.

Ian Millar a Past Chairman of the JDA , made a presentation to Lynn Snead in recognition of her long service to the JDA and Benevolent Society.  Lynn was given Honorary life membership of the BATF.

Members present voted to accept the Report and Accounts for the year ended 2016, elect John Henn of T A Henn as a Director and re-appoint the auditors for a further year.

Presentations were made by the Chairmen of the larger trade associations, and the importance of staff training and the role of the trade associations in assisting their members to provide this in a practical and effective way was highlighted again.

Simon Johnson, Chairman of the BJA

Henri Davies, Chairman of the GA

Stephen Parkes Deputy Chairman of the SEA

Deputy President Kate Owen, gave an overview of the BTAA and JDA’s activities over the previous year.

Past President John Joyce addressed the AGM to pay tribute to fellow past Presidents Bob Plenderlieth and Michael Godfrey who sadly passed away earlier this year.

These were followed by the keynote speaker Simon Gee, Business Development Manager form Acutec. Simon gave an insight into Cyber security demonstrating a live hack showing how easy it is for information to be gathered and used, this prompted some informative questions and answers.


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